Category: One Smart Chic

Career & Opportunity

In catching a recent episode of Mad Men – a show that’s been serving as my visual fantasy since I ‘discovered’ it a few months ago – I couldn’t help but notice the stark contrast between two of the female leads, Peggy & Joan. In taking notice of each woman’s surface role – Peggy as ‘dowdy’ and Joan as ‘sensuous’ – I was actually taken back to my not-so-distant job searching days.

During those career seminars, it was stressed that a woman had to downplay the way she dressed during an interview to be taken seriously for that coveted position. At the same token, you had to make sure that made that lasting impression so that you wouldn’t fall through the cracks – which made things a bit tricky in choosing that winning ensemble. After all, does one play it safe:

or do they take risks:

But the more I thought about it, the more I saw that while we’re no longer in the Mad Men age, we as women haven’t quite escaped the Peggy vs. Joan dichotomy. We’re expected to be on top of our A-game when it comes to visually presenting ourselves, but are also required not to go over-the-top. Makes me wonder if having to choose between the two will eventually be a non-entity.

Twitterista: Insider Fashion Scoops

I follow alot of influential people in the media and social circle biz on Twitter because it’s smart, and puts you in the know. Twitter is not just for fun-it can be an amazing portal into getting jobs, making great connections, and getting exposed. Here are some hot job tips for media fashionistas:

Ed hears that needs Fashion Week Interns!

Ed hears that VOGUE needs a Fall Beauty Intern

And other internship news here.

FREE Resume Printing Day!

How will you be able to afford fashion if you don’t have a JOB? Fed-Ex announced March 10th as it’s Free Resume Printing Day, where it will print 25 copies of your resume for free! That’s what up!

DALLAS, March 4, 2009—FedEx Office (formerly FedEx Kinko’s), an operating company of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX), today announced plans to offer its printing services in an effort to help job seekers across the nation. The company will host “FedEx Office Free Resume Printing Day” on March 10, 2009, offering to print up to 25 copies of each customer’s resume for free.

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It’s About That Time

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Tax Refunds Are Foolish

Dollars and common sense.

…For the majority of middle-class Americans. I know that as you read this you are looking at the screen with some serious side-eye. Yes, I am getting a hefty return soon, and I am happy to get something. But after this year, I vow not to give the government any more of my money than they deserve.

For my entire working adult life, I had always looked forward to the beginning of the year, when I could file my returns and get a nifty little check back. As I started working more regular, high paying jobs, I rationalized that it would be better to withhold more taxes from my check in the hopes that my return would be higher. Many people do this as a way of saving money for trips, bills, et cetra. How. Idiotic.

That refund that you get back every year is actually an interest-free loan that you’ve voluntarily over-paid the government. And, oh, the refund is the portion that the government feels it should return to you.

Now. Imagine you just got out of college. Imagine calling up Sallie Mae and saying something like “I borrowed $10,000 from you guys. I promise to pay it back next year, granted I have it, and granted I think $10,000 is appropriate. Oh, and let’s just keep it at $10,000–no interest– because we’re cool, ok?” Not only would the customer service rep laugh you into humiliation, they would send your account to collections, stat.

But this is what the government does to millions of people every year. They rely on the ignorance of middle-class and poverty level Americans to get money that isn’t theirs, to use on their own projects (like wars, bank bailouts…).

Here’s a thought. Keep more of your money for yourself. Adjust your W-4’s so that more of your money comes to you throughout the year to do the things that you want to do. The o bject is to get as close to what you are supposed to pay so that you break even. If you’re so interested in saving, put your money to work by having a portion of your paycheck go into an interest-bearing account. You’ll have more money than when you started off. Consider it your middle finger to the IRS.

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